• Short Summary

    TAKING A BATH IN JAPAN CAN NOW BE ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE PASTIMES.?

  • Description

    1.
    LS TRUCK WITH BATHTUB
    2 ft

    2.
    MS BEAUTY QUEEN STEPS ONTO TRUCK AND INTO THE BATHTUB
    10 1/2 ft

    3.
    MCU FIGURED HEAD OF BATHTUB; GIRL IN TUB
    14 1/2 ft

    4.
    MCU PAN TO INTERIOR OF BATH
    17 ft

    5.
    MLS GIRL IS HANDED BOUQUET
    19 1/2 ft

    6.
    MLS CROWDS WATCHING
    21 ft

    7.
    MS TRUCK LEAVES ON DRIVE THROUGH TOKYO ON WAY TO MISHIMA
    27 ft

    8.
    MS CROWDS ON ROADSIDE
    28 1/2 ft

    9.
    MS TRUCK PASSING CROWDS
    35 ft

    10.
    MLS PEOPLE WAITING WITH LANTERNS AT THE HOTEL
    36 1/2 ft

    11.
    MS TUB BEING CARRIED INTO HOTEL
    39 1/2 ft

    12.
    MS PEOPLE FORMING ARCHWAY OF LANTERNS FOR BATHTUB
    42 ft

    13.
    MS GIRLS WITH FLOWERS
    43 1/2 ft

    14.
    MS TUB IS PLACED IN HOTEL, WATCHED BY MANAGEMENT
    45 ft



    Initials AF/V/MK/YA/RBI



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: TAKING A BATH IN JAPAN CAN NOW BE ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE PASTIMES. A HOTEL AT MISHIMA, A HOT SPRINGS RESORT SEVENTY MILES FROM TOKYO, NOW HAS FOR ITS GUESTS A TWENTY-TWO CARAT GOLD BATHTUB WORTH EIGHTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING. BUT FOR MOST PEOPLE WHO USE IT A QUICK PLUNGED MIGHT HAVE TO DO -- THE HOTEL IS CHARGING ONE POUND FOR EACH TWO MINUTES.

    HAVING A BATH IS JAPAN IS ALMOST A CEREMONIAL OCCASION AND THE HOTEL EXPECTS A BRISK DEMAND.

    THE INTEREST IN BATHING WAS REFLECTED IN THE CROWDS WHO WATCHED THE BATHTUB BEING PARADED THROUGH TOKYO AND ALONG THE SEVENTY MILES DRIVE TO MISHIMA. THEIR INTEREST WAS ALSO HELD BY THE APPEARANCE IN THE BATHTUB OF A BEAUTY QUEEN WHO RODE IN THE PARADE THROUGH TOKYO.

    THE BATHTUB, GAUDILY FIGURED AND TRIFLE SMALL FOR A EUROPEAN, MIGHT HELP THE HOTEL RECOUP SOME OF THE MONEY IT MISSED DURING THE OLYMPIC GAMES. THE MANAGEMENT PLANNED ELABORATELY FOR HOUSE FULL BOOKINGS BY VISITORS TO THE GAMES BUT FEW OF THE TOURISTS CAME AND THOSE WHO DID STAYED ONLY BRIEFLY. THE CHANGE OF TAKING A SOLID-GOLD BATH MIGHT CHANGE ALL THAT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA71V4T5AX6XG57SY7VUVVGPKQ3
    Media URN:
    VLVA71V4T5AX6XG57SY7VUVVGPKQ3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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